Construction has started on a new teaching and research building that will augment Lancaster University’s engineering department.
The expansion is part of a plan to transform the department into a School of Engineering.
The facility of over 2900 square metres spans three floors and comprises specialist teaching space and dedicated laboratories. The expansion will create 25 new staff positions, the university said.
The university says the development will feature “a Distillation Column, Material Characterisation Laboratory and 3D Lecture Theatre, enabling Engineering students to view detailed models in three dimensions”.
The arched, brick-built external walls and towering glass arched windows are designed to reflect the Victorian industrial heritage of Lancashire.
A portion of the neighbouring science and technology building is to be refurbished to provide general study and office space.
John Turner Construction Group has been appointed to lead the development. Works are expected to complete in summer 2023.
Prof Peter Atkinson, executive dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, said: “The greatly expanded School of Engineering will lead world-class research in areas such as digital and additive manufacturing, nuclear, chemical and electronic engineering, enjoy a transformed ability to engage with industry, and offer an exceptional experience to undergraduate and postgraduate students.”